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Textile Cutting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

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Set up, operate, or tend machines that cut textiles.

    Work Activities
    • Thread yarn, thread, or fabric through guides, needles, and rollers of machines.
    • Operate machines to cut multiple layers of fabric into parts for articles such as canvas goods, house furnishings, garments, hats, or stuffed toys.
    • Adjust cutting techniques to types of fabrics and styles of garments.
    • Inspect products to ensure that the quality standards and specifications are met.
    • Place patterns on top of layers of fabric and cut fabric following patterns, using electric or manual knives, cutters, or computer numerically controlled cutting devices.
    • Program electronic equipment.
    • Study guides, samples, charts, and specification sheets or confer with supervisors or engineering staff to determine set-up requirements.
    • Start machines, monitor operations, and make adjustments as needed.
    • Stop machines when specified amounts of product have been produced.
    • Adjust machine controls, such as heating mechanisms, tensions, or speeds, to produce specified products.
    • Record information about work completed and machine settings.
    • Notify supervisors of mechanical malfunctions.
    • Inspect machinery to determine whether repairs are needed.
    • Operate machines for test runs to verify adjustments and to obtain product samples.
    • Confer with coworkers to obtain information about orders, processes, or problems.
    • Install, level, and align components, such as gears, chains, guides, dies, cutters, or needles, to set up machinery for operation.
    • Repair or replace worn or defective parts or components, using hand tools.
    • Clean, oil, and lubricate machines, using air hoses, cleaning solutions, rags, oilcans, and grease guns.
    • Operation Monitoring

      Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

    • Operation and Control

      Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

    • Monitoring

      Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

    Applied Math
    Workplace Documents
    Graphic Literacy
    • Arm-Hand Steadiness

      The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.

    • Information Ordering

      The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

    • Manual Dexterity

      The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.

    • Production and Processing

      Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

    • Mathematics

      Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

    • Mechanical

      Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

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    • Ohio Annual Salary $30,010/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $14.43/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 250
    • Yearly Projected Openings 30
    Typical Education
    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Attention to Detail
    • Dependability
    • Cooperation
    • Integrity
    • Self Control
    • Adaptability/Flexibility
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